From the Pastor

Greetings Tillamook Church Family and Friends,

We are five days into the new year already (at the time of this writing) and it seems that this year is already moving too fast!  I’ve never been one that into “resolutions” but I do “resolve” to slow down a bit.  It is still not too late to say “Happy New Year” to each one of you and to wish you God’s blessing as we start again.

We start this new year with COVID still in the news and still an ongoing concern.  I saw today that maybe six to eight weeks and this “might” pass.  We know we are going to have to learn to live with this virus but with hope and continued care, maybe we won’t have to die with it.

We start this new year with the one-year anniversary of the attack on the Capital.  Three words have made the Webster’s Online Dictionary as the most “looked up” words.  They are “infrastructure”, “vaccine”, and “insurrection”. That last one is most concerning.  But as we are beginning to understand what happened that day, hopefully, it causes us to go to our knees more as we see the prophecies of Revelation 13:11-18 being played out.

We start this new year with a church still looking for its “path” forward.  Do we go back to “normal” before the pandemic?  Do we try something new?  If so, what is that new thing that we should do?  We are understanding that digital media is going to be part of our future.  And I want to thank our “Tech Team” for all they are doing to make the online worship experience here at Tillamook Adventist a great experience.  I wondered about more “meet and greet” events, seminars, training, evangelism (about where we live and those who are our neighbors).  All these things fill my head as I look at my day planner for this coming year.

One thing that is changing is that I will no longer be serving as the pastor of the Seaside church.  It is being reassigned to the Astoria/Long Beach district.  So that will change my pastoral priorities.  Please pray for our brothers and sisters there in Seaside/Astoria/Long Beach and their new pastor, Pastor Greg Brothers.

At the beginning of this year, we will be taking a trip through the book of Matthew.  I think that it is always good to start each year in the Gospels.  And the passage at the end of the sermon on the mount is a good one for today.  This is Matthew 7:24-26: Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.  But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand”. 

This new year is starting off with a lot of rain in the forecast, but that is not what Jesus is concerned about.  Solid foundations.  A true and tried cornerstone.  If we start off the year on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ then this will be a great new year!

In His Matchless Love,

Tim Mayne, pastor

 

 "Come follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."
Matthew 4:19